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8 February 2021

Principal’s Welcome to 2021

Dear community of Blackfriars Welcome to the 2021 school year. Thanks to the many…

Dear community of Blackfriars

Welcome to the 2021 school year. Thanks to the many parents who attended the R-12 Information Evening on Wednesday evening; it was wonderful to connect with so many families after a disrupted 2020 year due to coronavirus.

I warmly welcome our new students, including international students; we extend our hospitality and friendship to you as you make this important transition in your lives. In welcoming new students, I am conscious of also welcoming new families to our school and I encourage you to become fully participating members of our community. I know our dedicated staff will go the extra step for every student and family to provide a safe, secure and challenging learning environment that is conducive to bringing out the best in each person.

Ensuring our school is a safe place for all

As the school year commences I want to assure all parents and guardians of our absolute commitment to ensuring that Blackfriars is a safe place for all. 

Additional information about the broader child protection policies of Catholic Education SA can be found on their website: http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/our-schools/safe-environments-for-all

The website also includes links to online resources for parents and students on a range of topics including anxiety, depression, bullying and how to support your child.

I encourage all parents/caregivers to visit the Catholic Education website as a valuable source of information.  If you have any questions or concerns about child safety please contact any member of the School Executive Team in the first instance. 

School opening hours: duty of care

Parents should be aware that supervision is provided in the mornings from 8:20am onwards and in the afternoons up until 3.35pm. Parents who send their children to school outside these hours should recognise that they are unsupervised and are therefore required to take steps to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

The only occasions when students should be on the premises beyond these times would be for attendance at sport or for scheduled school events, if they are attending homework club in the library or our Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) facility, during which time they will be provided with appropriate/reasonable care.

Students of primary school age who are found at school outside of normal school hours and not participating in any school-based activity will be taken to OSHC until the parent/caregiver collects them.  Attendance at the OSHC program will be at the expense of the parent/caregiver.

Uniform standards and expectations

Summer school uniform

I ask all parents to ensure that your son is in the correct school uniform according to the uniform regulations in the Student Handbook. To date I have been very impressed with the cooperation of students in presenting themselves with pride as students of Blackfriars. Our uniform expectations extend to grooming (length of hair, facial hair) and personal presentation which must be of a high standard in compliance with our uniform code.

Volunteering at Blackfriars

Volunteers (including sports coaches and managers) at Blackfriars are required to undertake Responding to Abuse and Neglect Online training and to comply with the Working With Children Check (WWCC) requirements. 

If you would like to volunteer or participate in student activities (including LAP and excursions) at Blackfriars, please contact staff in the Front Office to register your interest.  Our Work Health Safety Coordinator, Ms Caterina Latassa will then contact you and step you through the required process to ensure both you and our students remain safe at all times. 

Phone: 8169 3900 or Email: admin@bps.sa.edu.au

Conclusion

I am excited and looking forward to working in partnership with you and your children/young men during 2021.  After the challenges of 2020, I sense a renewed energy and anticipation of what can be achieved by our Blackfriars students throughout 2021.

Yours sincerely,
Simon Cobiac

Simon Cobiac

Principal